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Porter County Government Expands Road Improvement Program To Include Subdivisions

Posted on September 13, 2021 at 3:33 PM by Curt Ellis

Subdivision Paving Projects Update


PROJECT UPDATE AS OF 9/13/21

Scroll down to Project Schedule to see current progress of paving projects.



At their August 10th meeting, the Porter County Board of Commissioners awarded the contract for the Subdivision Paving Projects to Rieth-Riley Construction and paving will begin on Monday, August 16th.

Important Information For Subdivision Residents:

  • Homeowners will have access throughout the paving project, but may experience delays up to 15 minutes.
  • After a road is milled, a black liquid called tack will be sprayed on the road to adhere the new asphalt to the milled surface. Please use caution when approaching this operation because the tack will get on your vehicle if it is not dried.
  • Fresh asphalt is VERY hot and children and pets should be kept off it until it cools.
  • Mobile equipment will be present and staying clear of it is imperative to everyone’s safety.
  • It is important to remove vehicles and property from the road when Rieth-Riley notifies residents with flyers and signs. If they are not removed, they will be towed at the owner’s expense. Also, please do not park in front of cones that have been placed in the roads.

Notifications To Subdivision Residents:

Rieth-Riley will notify residents two to five days in advance of when they will begin the project in your subdivision. This will include flyers to every door along with no parking signs along the roads. Below is a sample of the flyer notice you will receive. You can also download the notice flyer sample HERE.

Notice Flyer Sample PNG

The Project Schedule:

Because there are so many variables in these types of projects, including weather conditions, it is not possible to provide the start and end dates for each subdivision. Overall, for all of the projects, the goal is to begin on August 16 and end before October 22.

To give residents a general idea of when their subdivision project may begin, the table shows the order that Rieth-Riley will be doing the projects. As each subdivision is completed, we will provide the date it was completed. Residents can check back periodically to find when their subdivision is next.

SCHEDULE UPDATED 9/13/21 (Please note - dates may change based on weather or other unanticipated conditions.)

OrderSubdivision
Status
1Heritage ValleyCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
2Hawthorne HillCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
3Smoke RdCompleted.
4Edwardsville ManorCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
5Sager EstatesNearly Completed (awaiting minor clean-up).
6WoodviewCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
7Willow HeightsMilling & Paving this week.
8Whispering HillsCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
9Warren WoodsCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
10Wedgewood ParkCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
11Lexington FarmsCompleted (awaiting minor clean-up).
12Tanner Trace
Completed (awaiting minor clean-up).
13Wind RidgeMilled. Paving 9/13 & 9/14
14Glenwood Hills
Milling & paving this week.
15SummerhillMilling this week.
16Forest ViewTBD
17Goodview EstatesTBD
18Lamplight LaneTBD
19Rillstone Pointe
Completed (awaiting minor clean-up).
20Five Points AcresMilled & chip sealed. Paving this week.


Subdivision Paving Projects Plan Summary

Posted July 23, 2021

Over the past few years, Porter County Government has increased its focus on improvement and preservation of the over 800 miles of roads in unincorporated areas of the County. Unincorporated means areas that are outside the municipal boundaries of our cities and towns. This has included:

  • Chip & Seal on 130 miles of side roads. Chip & Seal is a common pavement maintenance practice that extends pavement life and provides a good driving surface. Chip & seal applications were done in-house by the Porter County Highway Department, providing a 55% cost savings when compared to using outside contractors.
  • In 2020 and 2021, nearly $3.9 million in reconstruction and paving projects on high traffic major thoroughfares and arterial roads through the Indiana Community Crossing Matching Grant (CCMG) program. 50% of the cost was paid by the state and 50% by the County.
  • All of these projects were funded WITHOUT imposing a wheel tax on residents of unincorporated Porter County or increasing the county’s property tax rate.

In late 2020, the County began to examine the approximately 202 miles of streets in the over 300 subdivisions in unincorporated areas. These subdivisions include small one-street developments up to mega-developments such as South Haven and Shorewood. Recognizing that many of these developments were over 30 years old, the County began to formulate a plan to expand its road & street improvement programs to include subdivisions.

The Porter County Highway and Engineering team conducted an assessment of the structural and ride conditions of the streets in each of the 300 subdivisions.  Based on the data acquired in the assessments, a priority rating was assigned to each subdivision. Using the priority rating, the County established a ranking system that determined the worst to best subdivisions based on overall street conditions. 

Upon examination of the highest priority subdivisions, it became clear that action needed to be taken.  Using a “worst first” approach, the 17.2 miles of streets in the 19 highest priority subdivisions were targeted for repaving. 

“This rating system will provide the roadmap for future repaving projects in our subdivisions,” said Board of Commissioners President Jeff Good. “The “worst first” priority rating system is a purely objective process based on data and evidence. This is how good government works.”

With a cost of approximately $175,000 per mile, the estimated price tag to complete the 19 subdivisions is $3 million. The Board of Commissioners and County Council worked together to identify possible funding sources for these projects. After reviewing several different options, the two bodies unanimously agreed to allocate $3 million in funding from the Porter County Government Non-Profit Charitable Foundation’s investment earnings. 

“Funding of the subdivision paving program is another example of the continuing collaboration between the County Council and Board of Commissioners to achieve common goals,” said County Council President Jeremy Rivas. “Projects like this normally could not take place without an increased cost to taxpayers, but with the sound fiscal investment policy of the Porter County Government Foundation’s Board, the County has been able to keep taxes low for all Porter County residents while investing in our infrastructure.”

A request for bids was announced, and the bids were received and opened at the July 13th Board of Commissioners meeting. Awarding of the contract will take place at the August 10th meeting.

It is anticipated that the projects will begin in mid to late August and continue into October. At this time, there is no pre-determined schedule for the repaving projects. To assure that the residents of the subdivisions are given advance notice of when their streets will be repaved, the County is requiring that the chosen contractor do the following:

  • If the subdivision has a Homeowners Association (HOA), the contractor will contact the HOA and work with and through the HOA to coordinate communications with residents.
  • The contractor will be required to attached “door hangers” on each home in each subdivision at least 5 days prior to when repaving will begin. This applies to all subdivisions, whether they have an HOA or not.
  • The contractor will also place signs along the streets reminder people not to park on the streets.

It is extremely important that residents remove all vehicles and property including trailers, stockpiles or any other obstacles from the streets before their repaving project is to begin. Vehicles that are not removed will be tagged and the contractor will make an attempt to contact the homeowner. After these warnings, if the vehicle is not moved, it will be towed at the owner’s expense.


The subdivisions included in this project, listed by “worst first” are:

Priority

Subdivision

# Miles

Township

Cost

1Warren Woods0.437Center$79,296
2Lamplight Lane0.197Morgan$34,394
3Five Points Acres0.223Pleasant$38,934
3Forest View Estates2.025Porter$353,547
3Goodview Estates0.249Porter$43,473
3Hawthorne Hills0.332Center$57,964
3Lexington Farms0.518Liberty$90,438
3Rillstone Pointe0.224Pleasant$39,108
3Sager Estates1.190Center$207,763
3Tanner Trace0.714Liberty$124,658
3Wedgewood Park0.586Center$102,310
3Woodview0.521Center$90,962
3Summerhill0.357Union$62,329
4Edwardsville Manor1.053Center$183,844
5Whispering Hills1.011Washington$176,512
6Wind Ridge0.878Liberty$153,291
7Willow Heights0.291Center$50,806
8Glenwood Hills1.952Center$340,802
9Heritage Valley4.425Center$772,566


Warren Woods Subdivision #1

Crumbling road pavement in Warren Woods subdivision

Warren Woods Subdivision #2

Crumbling road pavement in Warren Woods subdivision

Heritage Valley Subdivision #1

Crumbling road pavement in Heritage Valley subdivision

Heritage Valley Subdivision #2

Crumbling road pavement in Heritage Valley subdivision

Glenwood Hills Subdivision #1

Crumbling road pavement in Glenwood Hills Subdivision

Glenwood Hills Subdivision #2

Crumbling road pavement in Glenwood Hills Subdivision